This article appeared in The Star on Monday, 31 December, 2012 under the tile “Devotees protest order for temples to relocate”.
The temples referred to are located at the far end of Precinct 4 and the developer is none other than GCD. Read on ……..
PORT KLANG: A group of devotees gathered at two temples in Kota Pendamar Indah near here to protest a relocation order issued by a developer.
Calvin Ho, who manages one of the temples, said the developer had allocated an alternative piece of land in Telok Gong but the location was not suitable for the temples’ Hindu and Taoist devotees.
“We cannot move there because it is an industrial area and not many Hindus and Taoists live there, said Calvin, who manages the Hindu Kaliamman temple. The other is the Taoist Datuk temple.
Both were built in the 1970s by Calvin’s father Ho Ah Soon, .
Calvin said Ho, in his 60s, was distraught over the matter.
He added that the management committees of the temples were willing to relocate to another piece of land owned by the developer, next to the current location.
Meanwhile, Klang Valley Taoism Association chairman Yeoh Choo Beng, who was present during meetings between the temples’ representatives and the developer, said both parties were struggling to reach a consensus.
An official of the development company, who declined to be named, said the relocation notice was sent to the temples “a long time ago”.
Needless to say, GCD is obviously anxious to get rid of these temples because there could be problems selling those lots next to them. Getting squatters to move out is easier said than done because politicians have a knack for climbing out of the woodwork when squatters are threatened with eviction, especially close to election season. Everyone jumps in!
I must say GCD has been fair or rather GCD recognizes the problems the temples can cause P4. So the temples have been offered an alternative site, which I believe is the land opposite the main entrance on Jalan Telok Gong. Oh man, I thought that would be a good location for light industrial or shoplot use and being so close to the highway. However the temple manager does not like the site offered!
The temple manager does not realize how lucky he is. Squatters have a better deal than owners. We have purchased our homes and the damn boat ramp is still crooked and Senangin Pier is still in tatters.
The temple folks have kept the banners used during the protest.